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Basic Mechanical Signalling


Delegates attending this course will develop their skills and knowledge to conduct maintenance, faulting and testing activities on mechanical signalling equipment as used in the UK. It is ideal for candidates, whose main activity involves maintenance, faulting or renewal, of mechanical signalling equipment.

Course Objectives

On successful completion of the course the candidate will be able to:

  • Have an insight into the history of Mechanical Signalling from 1850 to present day;
  • Understand how semaphore signals and mechanical shunt signals are operated and detected;
  • Run, joint and create shackles for signal wires;
  • Maintain signal wire runs from signal box to signalling equipment;
  • Understand how mechanical points are operated, locked, detected and maintained;
  • Adjust and set up a mechanical set of points;
  • Make point adjustments using adjustable cranks;
  • Measure, cut and adjust a mechanical facing point lock;
  • Understand the principles and installation of rod run compensators;
  • Carry out facing point lock and detection tests on mechanical points, point machines and clamp locks;
  • Understand the use and operation of locks and controllers;
  • Understand the operation and principles of mechanical level crossing gates.

Additional Information

Personal Protective Equipment

This course is classroom based and therefore no P.P.E. is required.


A Certificate of Competence will be awarded to the delegate on successful completion of the written assessments.

S&T Training Limited

Railway Goods Yard
Dutton Lane
Hampshire, SO50 6AA

Tel: 023 8065 1388
Fax: 023 8072 8660



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